Detectives identify victim of Miami Gardens drive-by shooting as 21-year-old man

A 21-year-old man died in one of at two fatal shootings in Miami Gardens this Father’s Day weekend, according to the Miami Gardens Police Department. 

Detectives identified the victim of the 10:25 a.m., Saturday morning drive-by shooting at 3601 NW 191 St. as Michael D. Mathis.

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue took Mathis to the hospital where doctors pronounced him dead. 

The Miami Gardens Police Department was asking anyone with information about the fatal shooting to call Detective Christopher Pacheco at 954-770-4856 or e-mail him at [email protected].

Detectives were asking those who wish to remain anonymous to call Miami-Dade County Crime Stoppers at 305-471-8477.

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Poll: Majority say ‘too early to tell’ if North Korea summit a success

A poll released Sunday found a majority said it was “too early to tell” if the US-North Korea summit was a success for either side.

The Washington Post-ABC poll showed 55% of respondents said it was too early to call the summit a success for the US, and 56% said the same for North Korea. Meanwhile, 21% of respondents judged the meeting between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un a success for the US, and 29% said it was a success for North Korea.

A majority said that it was unlikely the summit would lead to North Korea relinquishing its nuclear weapons, with 41% calling it somewhat or very likely and 53% saying it was unlikely. The opinions marked a change from a poll in April that found only 30% of respondents thought a meeting would likely lead to North Korea giving up its nuclear weapons compared to 67% who said it was unlikely.

The poll demonstrated major differences across party lines: 49% of Republicans called the summit a success for the US, while 16% of independents and only 5% of Democrats said the same.

Trump met with Kim last Tuesday in Singapore, and has since hailed their summit, tweeting Wednesday that North Korea was “no longer a nuclear threat.”

On Sunday, Trump attacked the media and critics of his approach to North Korea and defended his decision to hold back “war games” with South Korea.

“Holding back the ‘war games’ during the negotiations was my request because they are VERY EXPENSIVE and set a bad light during a good faith negotiation. Also, quite provocative. Can start up immediately if talks break down, which I hope will not happen!” Trump tweeted.

The Post-ABC poll was taken June 13-15, and surveyed a total of 495 adults with a margin of error on its results of 5.5 percentage points.

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Trump attacks Schumer over North Korea remarks

President Donald Trump attacked Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer in a tweet Sunday morning over the New York Democrat’s criticisms of the North Korea summit.

“Thank you Chuck, but are you sure you got that right? No more nuclear testing or rockets flying all over the place, blew up launch sites,” Trump wrote. “Hostages already back, hero remains coming home & much more!”

The President said in a follow-up tweet that the summit with North Korea is viewed favorably abroad, adding that the talks could save “millions and millions of lives.”

“The denuclearization deal with North Korea is being praised and celebrated all over Asia,” Trump wrote. “They are so happy! Over here, in our country, some people would rather see this historic deal fail than give Trump a win, even if it does save potentially millions & millions of lives!”

Trump also defended his decision to ensure a halt to war games in the region, which he characterized as “VERY EXPENSIVE” and needlessly provocative.

Trump was responding to Schumer’s speech on the Senate floor Wednesday in which the senator referenced the Texas saying “all hat and no cattle” to describe the results of the historic summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore.

“The summit was more show than substance, what the Texans call ‘all cattle, no hat,'” Schumer said, mistaking the phrasing of the expression. “In past agreements with North Korea, the United States won far stronger language on denuclearization, and we won specific measures to ensure that North Korea was taking steps in that direction.”

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After their discussions in Singapore, Trump and Kim signed an agreement committing the United States to unspecified “security guarantees” in exchange for Kim’s reaffirmation of commitment to a denuclearized Korean peninsula.

But there was no mentioning the previous US aim of “complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization.” And Kim’s commitments did not appear to go beyond what he already pledged to do in April when he met South Korean President Moon Jae-in along their countries’ border.

The document also lacked specifics on the timeline or nature of denuclearization.

At the summit, Trump also announced the suspension of multilateral military drills on the Korean Peninsula, raising concerns that Trump had made a significant concession at his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un without getting anything solid in return.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said Trump’s move was based on the precedent of “productive, good-faith negotiations being ongoing, and at the point it’s concluded that they’re not, the President’s commitment to not have those joint exercises take place will no longer be in effect.” Pompeo said. “He was unambiguous about that.”

Since the summit, Trump has repeatedly heaped praise on the North Korean leader and touted the results of his meeting with Kim. Trump has at various times called the North Korean leader “very talented,” a “great negotiator,” and someone who “loves his people.”

The remarks drew criticisms from Democrats as as well as some Republicans, as Kim is accused of having family members murdered, sending citizens to work camps and torturing American hostages.

North Korea has perpetuated human rights abuses for decades, according to watchdog agencies, human rights groups and the US government. A 2014 report from a United Nations Human Rights Council commission found the country had committed violations including “arbitrary detention, torture, executions and enforced disappearance to political prison camps, violations of the freedoms of thought, expression and religion, (and) discrimination on the basis of State-assigned social class, gender, and disability.”

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WaPo: Roger Stone met with Russian who wanted $2M for Clinton dirt

Conservative political provocateur Roger Stone in 2016 met with a Russian who offered damaging information about Hillary Clinton in exchange for $2 million, Stone told The Washington Post.

Michael Caputo, a former communications official for Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, told the Post he arranged the meeting with a man named Henry Greenberg.

Caputo and Stone did not disclose the meeting to congressional investigators, but it has become a focus in special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into the Trump campaign, according to the Post.

Stone and Caputo told the Post that they believe the meeting was part of a larger effort by law enforcement to set up the Trump campaign. Stone and Caputo cited records reviewed by the Post which suggest that Greenberg is a Russian national and has claimed to be an FBI informant.

Greenberg, who the Post said sometimes went by the name Henry Oknyansky, had difficulties with the American immigration system, and spent two years in the custody of immigration services before returning to Russia. In 2015 court filings related to his immigration status cited by Stone and Caputo, Greenberg claimed that he worked as an FBI informant for 17 years.

However, Greenberg denied he was acting on the FBI’s behalf when he met with Stone, and the court filing the Post obtained said his work with the FBI halted sometime after 2013, according to the Post..

An FBI spokeswoman and a spokesman for Mueller’s office declined to comment to the Post.

Stone did not immediately return CNN’s request for comment.

The meeting with Stone reportedly took place a few weeks after former Trump campaign foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos was told about Russian dirt on Hillary Clinton and two weeks before senior members of the Trump campaign met with Russian nationals — including a lawyer with ties to the Kremlin — in Trump Tower.

Greenberg initially denied Stone’s account of the meeting but later changed his story, giving the Post a brief description of the meeting that matched Stone’s depiction in part.

While Stone told the Post that Greenberg was alone for the meeting, Greenberg relayed that he was accompanied by a Ukrainian man only identified as Alexei. Greenberg told the Post that Alexei was fired from the Clinton Foundation. He also denied he asked for money, saying he played a limited role in the meeting and left it to Alexei to talk with Stone while he sat at a nearby table.

The Clinton Foundation told the Post that they had never hired someone with the first name Alexei.

Stone, in a text to Caputo reviewed by the Post, appeared to be disinterested in the contents in the meeting.

A news release from Caputo following the Post story states that in his meeting with the Special Counsel’s Office, he “noted the Mueller team knew far more than he did about the Greenberg approach.”

After his meeting with Mueller, Caputo investigated Greenberg, the release said, and he put the information he found into a dossier online.

The disclosure of the meeting comes a month after multiple reports that the FBI dispatched a confidential source to speak with at least two advisers to Trump’s presidential campaign after the bureau obtained evidence that the aides had ties to Russia. The revelations have prompted Trump to accuse the FBI of spying on his campaign and trying to frame him.

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‘Incredibles 2’ shatters animation box office record

“Incredibles 2” flexed its muscles at the box office this weekend.

The Disney and Pixar film premiered to an estimated $180 million at the domestic box office this weekend. The sequel to the popular 2004 computer animated film soared past the record for biggest animated film opening in box office history by $45 million.

That record belonged to another Pixar film, “Finding Dory,” which opened to roughly $135 million two summers ago.

So far the film brought in $231.5 million around the world.

The box office accomplishments of “Incredibles 2” goes beyond just animation, however. The film, which stars the vocal talents of Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter and Samuel L. Jackson, is the third largest opening of the year. Only “Avengers: Infinity War” and “Black Panther,” two other superhero films by Disney’s Marvel Studios, have had bigger openings.

It’s also the second-biggest June opening, behind only 2015’s “Jurassic World” and the eighth biggest debut of all time.

“Incredibles 2” saved the proverbial day for Disney at the box office. The studio, which normally has a strong track record, is coming off a big disappointment from one of its strongest brands with the lackluster performance of “Solo: A Star Wars Story.”

Last month’s prequel about the origins of Han Solo brought in the smallest opening for a “Star Wars” film since 2002.

But now with the success of “Incredibles 2,” and films like Marvel’s “Ant-Man and the Wasp” and the live action Winnie the Pooh film, “Christopher Robin” on the docket for the rest of the summer, the House of Mouse looks back on track at the box office.

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India moves ahead with tariffs on US goods

India is moving forward with plans to hit back at the United States over trade.

The country has proposed hiking tariffs on 30 US products in order to recoup trade penalties worth $241 million, according to a revised World Trade Organization filing.

India said the retaliatory barriers are equal in value to US tariffs on steel and aluminum from India that were imposed by the Trump administration in March.

The new tariffs target products including American almonds, walnuts and apples, as well as some chemical and metal products.

India said its tariff on large American motorcycles, which President Donald Trump has repeatedly spoken out against, will also be hiked.

The latest filing with the World Trade Organization submitted by New Delhi is dated June 14. It updates an initial complaint about US metals tariffs made on May 18.

India said last month that its proposed tariffs on US goods would take effect by June 21.

The Indian government is also leaving the door open for further tariff hikes, it said in its latest notification.

“India reserves the right to adjust the specific products for which [tariffs would apply], and its right to adjust the additional rate of duty imposed on such products,” it said.

Exports of steel and aluminum from India to the United States are worth around $1.2 billion, according to the World Trade Organization filing.

The United States sold goods and services worth $42 billion to India in 2016, according to the US Trade Representative. That translated into a US trade deficit with India of $30.8 billion.

Tensions between the United States and many of its biggest trading partners have spiked dramatically in recent weeks.

Three of America’s biggest trade partners — the European Union, Mexico and Canada — are retaliating after the Trump administration allowed exemptions that had spared them from tariffs on steel and aluminum to expire.

And on Friday, China accused the United States of firing the first shot in a trade war when the White House said that it would impose tariffs of 25% on $50 billion worth of Chinese goods.

Beijing said it would respond in kind to the US tariffs.

The moves raise the specter of an intensifying trade war, which would hurt consumers, companies and the global economy.

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